Make It Happen, Captain

“Such a simple concept, yet so true: that which we manifest is before us; we are the creators of our own destiny. Be it through intention or ignorance, our successes and our failures have been brought on by none other than ourselves.” ― Garth Stein

This quote really speaks to me as I think about all the things I wish to make happen and manifest in 2015. We are really in control of fates, the captains of our souls. We have the amazing power to become happier, healthier, abundant, write a book, paint a masterpiece, go to school, and more. We just don’t realize this awesome opportunity at times. We need a little shove. A little coaxing if you will.

What intentions will you manifest this year? How will you make sh*t happen and really give yourself the push to break through your comfort zone and grow? 2015 is your year. Your blank slate. Grab that paint brush and create your masterpiece.

Tune into my latest vlog about Manifesting your Intentions in 2015.

“Dare to dream! If you did not have the capability to make your wildest wishes come true, your mind would not have the capacity to conjure such ideas in the first place. There is no limitation on what you can potentially achieve, except for the limitation you choose to impose on your own imagination. What you believe to be possible will always come to pass – to the extent that you deem it possible. It really is as simple as that.” ― Anthon St. Maarten

The Power of “No”

No is one of the most powerful words in our vocabularies. To say no is to proclaim your power especially when it comes to declining something that can possibly drain or overwhelm you. I don’t think we truly realize how important it is for us to say “no” more often. We often overbook ourselves and do so much for other people that we forget to say yes to ourselves and our self care.

Tune in to my latest vlog all about saying no and how this is not only beneficial for your state of mind (hello sanity) but also your self care and freedom.

Banishing Fear

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Today I decided to try something new. I decided to try a video blog. I have always resisted being on camera (regardless of my fondness for taking selfies) because I don’t feel comfortable. But I thought…screw it. Let’s get uncomfortable and start doing something that shakes the fear loose today! I’d love to hear your thoughts about the video and the topic of fear.

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Healthy Living Inside & Out

Finding new ways to live a healthier lifestyle is MY THING! I love to find new products, services and ways to enhance my lifestyle aside from nutrition. Eating for your health is incredibly important and crucial but what you use on your hair, face, body, etc is equally as important. I believe that everything is connected. To live a healthy lifestyle is to be well rounded and balanced. 

I wanted to share with you lovely readers and lovers of veggies a few of my favorite products to use in the shower (this means shampoo, conditioner, body wash and moisturizer- for out the shower).  When I discover something new I will share that with you but for now here are my top products (for now at least)!

(Disclaimer: these are my opinions, no one is paying me for this. I just want to share which products I like in order to encourage a well rounded healthy, natural lifestyle)

Shampoo & Conditioner

What: Organix Tea Tree Mint Shampoo & Conditioner

What’s so good about it: I am a big fan of sulfate free, paraben free and natural ingredients. I love to look at the back of my products and see that there isn’t a list of a ton of chemicals I can’t pronounce. Though this isn’t necessarily 100% organic as the name implies, it does have primarily natural ingredients to restore the natural moisture, texture and bounce to your hair. I started off with the Coconut Shampoo & Conditioner which primarily moisturizes the hair. I have curly hair so I need the extra moisture and the other shampoos I was using were not cutting it. After one wash, I converted. My hair was lively, soft and shiny. I want to try the rest of their products but so far the tea tree mint and coconut are my two favorites. The tea tree invigorates the scalp and is incredibly healing and the scent is heavenly!

Where you can get it: Local Drug/Beauty Supply Store, Costs around $7-8

Deep Conditioner & Hair Oil

What: Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Intense Moisturizing Treatment & Penetrating Oil

What’s so good about it: Let’s face it, the new moroccan argan oil trend has you curious. It had me curious! I just was not in to spending over $40 for a bottle of oil or going to a salon and paying a fortune. You get to experience the benefits of argan oil for a decent price without the worries of putting gunk in your hair. The intense moisturizing treatment is a perfect deep conditioner especially if your hair is dry and brittle. I make sure to apply more at my ends to seal split ends. After I shampoo and condition my hair, I let my hair dry slightly and add a dime sized amount (maybe a bit more) of the penetrating argan oil. Not only does it smell delicious, it prevents frizz and keeps curls tame and sensual. 

Where you can get it: Local Drug/Beauty Supply Store, Costs around $8-9

Body Wash

What: Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap: 18-in-1 Hemp Lavender Castile Soap (CERTIFIED FAIR TRADE)

What’s so good about it: I live for this soap. I have used this practically my entire life. I have super sensitive skin and for some time suffered from eczema, and trust me feeling dry and itchy is NOT fun. This soap comes in an array of scents but I just prefer lavender because of it’s calming and relaxing quality. The best thing about this soap is: it lasts FOREVER. Seriously. It lasts maybe about 4 months or more depending on if you’re using it for the other 18 uses aside from bathing yourself. For sensitive skin it’s light and is made with organic oils so you’re not putting any chemical mumbo jumbo on your lovely skin. What makes this even MORE AMAZING is that it is organic and certified fair trade. You’re not only doing something great for your body, you’re helping society. Spread the word! Grab a bottle of this good stuff. 

Where you can get it: Local Health Food Store, Target, Walgreens for around $13-16

Moisturizer (for your body)

What: Organic Fiji 12 oz Lavender Organic Cold Pressed Coconut Oil for Face, Body & Hair

What’s so good about it: Have you heard the latest? Coconut oil is the greatest. Coconut is by far the most versatile oil in existence. Interested in the benefits? Check out the article from Natural News.com. Moving on, I am a huge fan of coconut oil from cooking with it to using it as an all natural organic moisturizer. There is nothing that makes my skin feel as supple, smooth and healthy. As I mentioned before I have incredibly sensitive skin so using these so called “sensitive skin” moisturizers with a ton of chemicals I can barely pronounce really does no justice for my body. This moisturizer has two ingredients. JUST TWO: Coconut oil and lavender (and I can pronounce BOTH!). I use this oil after my shower when my skin is still wet so it can absorb the full benefit of this phenomenal oil. The oil does not leave a greasy residue and is 100% organic and cold pressed. Not only is this great for your skin, it is an amazing treatment for dry and dull hair. 

Where you can get it: Whole Foods, Mrs. Greens or OrganicFiji.com, $25 

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask! 

That’s all for now readers!

Peace, love and natural living (and don’t forget NO BEEF!),

Guramrit 

A Healthy Lifestyle

One of the most common questions I am asked is “how can I eat healthier?” I come across people who love meat but don’t know which vegetables they like and often complain about the cost of eating healthy. Many want to lead a healthier lifestyle to lose weight (or even maintain it) but want to jump right into a diet which really is only a temporary solution. Like I’ve said time and time again (and nutritionists, health & wellness guru’s will back me up on this) DIETS DO NOT WORK. Temporary solutions only lead to temporary results.

The first step in trying to live a healthier lifestyle isn’t cutting out the bad foods, it is slowly eliminating them by adding in healthier alternatives. Just a little reality check, yes, french fries are made from potatoes but NO that does not count as you eating vegetables. Before jumping into the healthy lane (and if you’re going veggie, this is also important- slowly stop eating meat and increase your vegetable consumption and substitute different forms of protein) introduce more fresh vegetables (none of that canned stuff), fruit and non-processed foods.

One thing I really recommend is finding a farmers market, hitting the produce section of your grocery store and getting to know the vegetables. Yes, I said get to know your vegetables. By getting to know your vegetables and the healthy alternatives you like, you can plan meals. By planning meals and making a list (super important!) you can make smart meal choices that are affordable. Experiment. Try new things. You really can’t get enough vegetables in your diet.

As you slowly introduce more healthy goods into your life, you can decide what works for your body and doesn’t. I don’t believe in eliminating things. I’m more of a pro-moderation person. If you are craving something, for example, I try to identify what exactly I’m craving. Is it something sweet, crunchy or salty? Whatever it may be I try to find a healthier alternative to satisfy that craving.

The second step to leading a healthy lifestyle is getting up and getting moving. Sure, you can eat healthy and still look great but being active goes hand in hand with this lifestyle. The two must not be separate! Eat well, move that body and you will feel amazing (trust me). No, you don’t have to jump into Insanity right this second but grab a friend and go for a walk.

There’s no need to be afraid or even hesitant to start this new lifestyle. You don’t have to completely eliminate the things you like, just crowd them out with the good stuff.

Take baby steps when starting this new way of life. Your body, mind, soul and of course, your health will thank you.

Peace, love and no beef!

Guramrit